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Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the county premier and suspended parliament on Sunday, sparking a crisis for the young democracy. Critics say that Saied, who took power, was organize a coup, as the troops surrounded the Tunisian parliament, blocking the entrance of the speaker.
The move follows nationwide protests against governments’ mismanagement of its response to the pandemic, leading to spike in COVID-19 cases, as well as the ongoing economic turmoil in this North African country, where the Arab uprising began more than ten years ago. Saied’s move, celebrated in the streets with protests, sparked warnings and concerns from allies overseas.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France over the weekend, to protest against measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite the fury, the French parliament on Monday pass a law it will require antivirus passes for people to frequent restaurants or travel within the country. The new law also requires healthcare workers to be vaccinated. Italians, and others elsewhere in Europe, joined the French in protesting the restrictions recently announced by their respective governments, designed to stop the fourth wave of the pandemic.
China accused the United States of “demonizing” Beijing, as senior officials from the two countries met in frank high-level talks on Monday. According to an official summary of the meeting between Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, China accused the United States of having deadlock in bilateral relations, while the United States raised concerns about human rights and other issues. Sherman is the most senior US official to visit China since the Biden administration took office.
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As the Taliban advance, life in Afghanistan becomes increasingly precarious
Since US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in April, the Taliban have taken control of districts across the country. The Taliban have yet to reach major cities, such as the capital Kabul, but how long will Afghan security forces be able to detain the group?
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“It never seems routine,” says Hungarian fencer Aida Mohamed at her 7th Olympic Games
Aida Mohamed says she works longer hours and is more experienced, but she’s as horny now as her first time at the Olympics in 1996. She joined The World host Marco Werman to talk about her fencing career and seething anticipation as the Tokyo Games begin.
A surprising fossil discovery!
A husband and wife team in the UK discovered a well-preserved group Jurassic starfish in a limestone quarry in the Cotswolds. It is the largest such find in Britain. The discovery includes three new species and an entire echinoderm ecosystem.
While some of us baked banana bread during lockdown, Neville and Sally Hollingworth uncovered Britain’s largest Jurassic echinoderm fossil find ever, much to the delight of @NHM_London. The Jurassic Park fan in me loved writing this play.https://t.co/8x0DIXlQDe
Aina J. Khan (@ainajkhan) July 25, 2021
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